Blu-ray Review: The Toxic Avenger Part III – The Last Temptation of Toxie

Starring: Ron Fazio, Phoebe Legere
Director: Michael Herz, Lloyd Kaufman
Rating: 4/10

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Part III picks up straight after Part II. Having rid Tromaville of evil, Toxie hangs up his mop and has an identity crisis (“I don’t have a life! I have a half-life!”). He then sells out to the evil Apocalypse Incorporated, allowing his home town to be enslaved once more.

A crude satire of capitalism? Or a satire upon crude satires of capitalism? Lloyd Kaufman treats the script (by various hands) with such contempt that you could argue the latter, but that’s probably reading too much into what feels like a bloated and inept afterthought. Where Part II gains hugely from the colourfulness of its Japanese backdrop (not to mention the enthusiasm and professionalism of its Japanese cast and crew), here we’re back to heavy-handed, facetious gags (Toxie using a baddie’s intestines as a skipping rope, etc) and some achingly bad mugging from the actors (worst offender, Phoebe Legere as Toxie’s girlfriend, who practically has an epileptic fit on screen). Toxie fans will probably find things to like about it, but it’s definitely the low point of the series.

The transfer is a little dull and grainy compared to previous instalments. As always, there’s a bunch of extras, including an audio commentary with Kaufman and a whole bunch of brief featurettes. Highlight is a nice, gossipy 7-minute interview with Ron Fazio, who was working as a bouncer when he landed the part of Toxie.

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